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Old 7th November 2014, 13:26   #6751
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I was about to plonk for the W8 today until someone directed me to this link:

http://www.motorbeam.com/2014/01/08/...elift-in-2015/

Now I'm in 2 minds again. Wait for the facelift or just pick up the perfectly good car the dealer has on stock? And March 2015 is only 4 months away!
I do not know about the face lift, but I managed to see a TN registered test mule which had come to Pune for further tests, it was the same body shell, but through discrete inquiries, I found out that it has an Aisin AWTF-80 SC gearbox, and a engine remapped to 170BHP with more torque. Secondly this engine will be available only with an AT, as the remap has increased the RPM where max torque is generated. The TCU is currently mapped to start in 2nd in normal conditions. 1st gear will be applied only while starting on graded sections.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AWTF-80_SC

http://www.aisinworld.com/products/a...ts/drivetrain/

most of the Autoboxes shown seem to have lockup torque converters which are known for similar efficiency as manuals on open roads, though low speed efficiency may not match the DSG boxes.

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For my existing car Punto 2009 model (top end diesel model) which has run 72k KM they are offering 3.45 lakhs. Is this a good deal or should i be bargaining for more.
My personal experience: don't club selling Punto and buying XUV 500 with the same dealership as FIATs have very less resale value and the dealership exploit the customer. You will get better offer for Punto, if you sell it outside the dealership. Try Team-BHP classifieds and other online ad portals. Anant Cars had the gumption to offer ₹ 1.5 lakh - and later, enhanced to ₹ 1.75 lakh - for my 2009 petrol Linea Emotion Pack with 72 k km on odometer in November 2013. I turned down the offer and bought my XUV 500 from India Garage. Later, I sold Linea for ₹ 3.25 lakh in February 2014.
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Someone known to me from Mahindra in Chennai tells me that 2 versions of XUV can be expected around April-May 2015, one is the refreshed(facelift) version and other one is with sunroof. The source declined to comment on the autobox or the changes expected in facelift. Am trying to convince the person to share more details about the XUV and the compact SUV.
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The original on road price for AWD in bangalore is 18.10 lakhs.

Ravi sir even for me Anant is offering only 2.5 lakhs for my punto. And they are also adamant that no accessories will be provided. India Garage is offering 3.4 lakhs. I am going to Sriheesh Auto in the evening to get their final quote. Off the dealing so far I liked India Garage followed by Sriheesh. Anant attitude is like if you want buy at the price we are offering or else get lost.
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I was on a business trip in chennai and Spotted two XUV500 testing on Chennai roads early this week, with Some equipment inside to monitor the performance. I guess it might be a petrol version with Manual gearshift. It has sunroof too .
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Quick update guys... Mahindra is working on suspension of XUV....not sure if this is only for cars meant for exports only or one sold in our markets as well. There are at least 35 consultants hired from outside the company and the duration of the project is approximately 2 months. This is not an improvement in existing part but developing totally new suspension.
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Quick update guys... Mahindra is working on suspension of XUV....not sure if this is only for cars meant for exports only or one sold in our markets as well. There are at least 35 consultants hired from outside the company and the duration of the project is approximately 2 months. This is not an improvement in existing part but developing totally new suspension.
Thats a good news. If there is a great improvement than the present setup , i will definitely change it.
In just 2 months ? Not sure of that. Will take at least 6 months to test the reliability of the new setup.
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Friends above speed of 80 I can hear a faint metallic whizzing sound, is it normal with all or only I am facing it.
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Friends above speed of 80 I can hear a faint metallic whizzing sound, is it normal with all or only I am facing it.
That's a very difficult question to answer without hearing the noise itself! I don't hear any unexplained noise at any speed in my car. Is it a recent development? Maybe something is stuck to one of the wheels (or wheel well) and you notice the sound only at a relatively high speed?
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Friends above speed of 80 I can hear a faint metallic whizzing sound, is it normal with all or only I am facing it.
Some high frequency sound?

It may be due to a number of reasons. For me, I was getting kind of a whistling noise above 120kmph. Turned out the front windshield was not airtight.
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Did PDI today. Looks good, the vehicle is almost garden fresh (10/10/2014 make). Yet to be polished but no scratches in bumpers/anywhere etc. and all the lights/AC/bluetooth/music work fine. Paired to my phone without any issues and the calls were audible enough. Though one person complained about wind noise and we had to adjust AC blower.

Engine bay looks good without any leakages etc. Tyres are Bridgestone which is the better ones among the lot, I guess; and battery Exide, heard Amaron is better.

The only minor issue I saw is some kind of rust at the center of the wheels. Please see the pictures attached. The SA was quick to say it isn't rust and he showed other new cars also has this issue. Can anyone please comment what should I do? Is it okay as such or ask for replacement?

Also at the back, the C-pillar (black section above the tail lamps) has some marks, like happened while cleaning. Though not really scratches and not very visible at first, but noticeable on close inspection (Please check the second section from the bottom in the larger version of the picture). SA said, this will be corrected during Teflon coating. Can someone comment here as well?
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buddy..

I took test drives of aria & xuv again and found it is better to go for Xuv 5OO as a personal vehicle.
Probably if both are there in a taxi stand and I want a taxi,then I would hire Aria.

My family members also felt that Aria is huge as a personal vehicle when we took it to the road from Adimali that leads to Munnar (NH 49). I also could not find a comfortable driving position ( not sure why).

I tested Xuv and new scorpio back to back in same route and I can say Xuv offers best ride and comfort that closely matches a sedan.
But One can not ignore the fact that scorpio has got lot of improvement when compared to 2005 CRDE model that I owned.

So in the given 11-16 L price bracket IMHO there is hardly anything available in the market that can beat Xuv.( duster / terrano offers great riding but excluded as those are 5 seaters )

I was never in favor of xuv all these years by listening to others opinion but a real test drive made me change my mind.

I liked Rexton( did not Take TD) , it's looks and interiors. More over the availability of 4*4 with a 5 cylinder engine from benz. But out of budget as of now.
Finally it's XUV I guess....

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I would suggest to take at least a couple of TDs more of both the vehicles on separate days (same road if possible) and then take a call.

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Clutch is lighter than latest scorpio and even lighter than my 2012 optra magnum.
It feels as if you are driving a sedan while you are in xuv, may be the electric steering is too light which is giving that effect (few may not like this much light steering, I do prefer a hydraulic one like that of optra, but one will get use to it)

xuv seems to be a good pick for city and high way when someone is strict on budget and still needs a 7 seater.

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1. You don't feel that the the car is bulkier to a sedan. I am also wondering why? Maybe because of the good steering & 140 BHP power, No Turbo lag. Experts may comment here
4. I felt that the clutch is heavier than the honda city. So in a complete Stop -Go traffic you will have slight difficulty.

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Can someone please comment on these two issues? Taking delivery tomorrow.

There is some rusting at the center of the wheels, all the wheels has this to varying degree.
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Should I ask for replacement or is it okay as such? Did anyone else notice this before?

Also at the back, the black section above the tail lamps has some marks, look like happened while cleaning. Though not really scratches and not very visible at first, but noticeable on close inspection.

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Will it be corrected after teflon coating? Anyone has/had/noticed this issue before?
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Someone known to me from Mahindra in Chennai tells me that 2 versions of XUV can be expected around April-May 2015, one is the refreshed(facelift) version and other one is with sunroof. The source declined to comment on the autobox or the changes expected in facelift. Am trying to convince the person to share more details about the XUV and the compact SUV.
Thanks for the info.

I went ahead and took delivery of a silver W8 yesterday. Be interesting to see if you can get any more details from your source on the facelift..
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